tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC April 7, 2012 6:00am-7:00am EDT
this is the bernice sea. she's a canadian fishing boat. she is seen her docked in canada. this is the ghost ship. did you hear about this? the ghost ship. it's also a fishing vessel. a much bigger one. it's about three times the size of the bernie sea. the ghost ship is a japanese ship. as you see, it is old, looks a little beat up and a little bit more than a year ago this ship was essentially headed toward the scrap heap. it was at this port in japan that's marked there on the map. northeastern japan. it was essentially just tied up there at port with nobody using it because it was finding to be sent to scrap, it was going to be cut down and turned into scrap metal. it was halfway on its way to being junk. in march of last year japan had its giant earthquake which triggered a giant tsunami.
in the tidal wave disaster, the ghost ship slipped its moorings and along with five million other tons of debris, the ghost ship ended up out in the pacific ocean on its own with no crew, no controls, no lights, it's just been drifting around in the pacific ocean on its own for a year. the problem with the ship floating around out there, the ocean is big, but there's a chance it could run aground somewhere. there's a chance as it flooded but busy shipping lanes with no lights or communication equipment that somebody could hit the ship. it's kind of like space junk but it's in the ocean. it's rusting, steel junk. this is what it becomes really fun to be in the united states coast guard. think about it, right? an unmanned runaway ship just floating around in the ocean. you can see where this is going. target practice time. this is where the bernice sea
comes back into the story. as the coast guard was preparing to sink the ghost ship, this canadian ship boat, the bernice sea, asserted salvage rights to the ship. this canadian fishing boat claimed first dips. they say if nobody owns that ship, if nobody wants it, we'll take it. the bernice sea, the 60-foot boat, approaches the ghost ship which had been floating around in the pacific on its own for a year, they look to see if they can hook up their tiny little boat, a boat the third of the size of the ship, see if they can hook it up to this giant dead ship to tow it away. the bernice sea is a little engine that can't. the ghost ship is too big and they cannot drag it off. after trying for a long time, the bernice sea eventually gives up.
the coast guard gleefully rubs its hands together, they get clear of the scene and boom. the coast guard cutter starts hitting the ghost ship with cannon fire. they start shooting 25mm rounds at the ship, which it was sort of like this. [ gunfire ] >> that is what they were shooting at the ghost ship first to try to sink it. according to the associated press, a few hours later when the ghost ship still had not sunk, they started using ammo twice that size. it took about four hours of shooting stuff at this abandoned ship, but finally, it sunk. 180 miles off the alaska coast in water more than a mile deep. the ghost ship is no more. it's kind of amazing to think about that ship banging around the pacific ocean for more than a year with no crew, no
communication, no lights and without having already caused some sort of problem. it's also amazing to realize it's been more than a year since the japanese tsunami. and the nuclear disaster and fukushima. but there is recent reporting out within the past week how the fukushima part of the japanese disaster actually isn't over now. remember what happened at fukushima, right? the nuclear reactors were hit by the earthquake and tsunami to knock the cooling system offline. even though the reactors shut down, their super hot radioactive fuel inside the reactors was no longer being kept cool by the massive amount of water that sick lates circulates to keep the water cool and safe. you need water to keep the fuel from overheating as it acts as an insulator and a shield from the radiating fuel. in the first early days of the fukushima meltdown, you'll remember the explopgss, the helicopter water drops.
the terrifying visuals how damaged the reactors were. in december they finally said the reactors were brought under control. they were in safe shutdown. turns out they are still not safe. a week ago the company that owns fukushima sent workers in hazmat suits into this reactor, reactor 2. all four of the reactors have trouble, but they went into this one. workers in hazmat suits had an endoscope, like when they put a camera through your whatever, same idea, they had a endoscope, thermometer and they were going to measure the radiation in there and a water gauge. water is key, you want the fuel to be covered with water so that the fuel can be kept cool and also to shield its radiation. when these workers went into the reactor, they were expecting the level of water in there to be at about 33 feet. what they found was that it was
at 2 feet. that's very, very bad. and that is both a symptom that something is very wrong, i guess it was hot enough to be evaporating the water out of there, or the water is leaking, it's a symptom of something going wrong there, and it is a cause of yet more going wrong there. with that small amount of water there, with that little water in there, there's nothing shielding the radiation that's coming out of that fuel. the dosometer they sent into reactor number two found the radiation level was at 42 save efforts. suffice to say, that's enough to kill a person in a matter of minutes. that's also a high enough level of radiation that most electronic equipment cannot function in that environment. think about this, how do you fix this problem? how do you repair what's wrong in reactor two? it's not going to fix itself. human beings cannot get near enough to this problem and live long enough to fix the problem.
we can't send robot remote control things in there to fix the problem either because it is too radioactive, even for electronics. we humans can build a nuclear reactor, but when a nuclear reactor goes bad like this, we humans cannot fix the problem, at least we don't know how to yet. the current plan at fukushima to try to stop what is still a year later an ongoing and worsening disaster, the current plan is to try to invent something new that doesn't exist yet that might be able to work in this environment. an executive said with levels of radiation extremely high, we would need to develop equipment that can tolerate high radiation. the thing that does not exist that can allow us to even try to fix this problem. the thing that we can imagine might be useful to fix this problem, we're going to have to invent. we're going to try to invent something while the problem gets worse and worse. it's beyond human capability.
the really bad news is this is the good news. reactor number two is in the best shape. they can't figure out how to determine what's going on in reactors one and three because the radiation level tre is are reportedly even higher. thank god for problems that can be fixed with 25mm cannon fire. if there's one problem that we have no problem fixing, it's a problem whose solution is large boor ammunition. a nuclear disaster, nuclear waste, this is a problem we have figured out how to create as humans, but it's not a problem we have figured out how to solve. since the earthquake and the tsunami has started, japan has shut down its entire nuclear power industry. they have 54 nuclear reactors in japan, only one is operating. the japanese government today released its plan for starting up the reactors again in this little part of japan here on the map, shida free techture.
the governor of that part is saying i don't care what the government says federally, she does not want any of the cluster of nuclear power plants in her jurisdiction to be restarted there. her reasoning is that shida is the home of the lake that supplies the fresh drinking water for more than a tenth of japan. this is to problem we don't know how to fix. in 2004, a texas billionaire applied for a license to dump nuclear waste in west texas. the texas water development board maps of where he wants the dump to be showed that his proposed nuclear waste dump stat on top of the ogallala aquifer. this is really important, look how big it is. the ogallala aquifer covers that whole giant part of the country. it spans eight different states
in the united states of america. it provides a third of all of the watt they are a is used to irrigate land in the united states of america. want to put a nuclear waste dump on that. that texas billionaire who wanted the dump had given more than a million dollars to texas governor rick perry. rick perry appointed five of the six people on the texas water development board. once that billionaire's dump license came up for review the texas water board took a look at the maps and decided to take another look at their maps and said the aquifer moved. it moved away from the dump, it is not where we thought it was at all. how convenient for the billionaire campaign donor. bloomberg news has a report out today about how that texas billionaire, the nuclear waste dump guy, is the single largest anti-barack obama funder in this election cycle. this is the year of zillionaire. newt gingrich has his
zillionaire, same for mitt romney, but the person that has given more money than anybody else is the nuclear waste dump guy from texas. this election season alone he's donated more than $18 million to anti-obama and pro-mitt romney. if you think the nuclear waste dump made beautiful music together in west texas, now that he's going national, what do you think he wants for the whole country? joining us now is miriah black. thank you for much for being with us tonight. i appreciate your time. >> thank you for having me. >> did i get anything wrong in terms of what you understand about mr. simmons and his history in texas? >> no, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. >> okay. can you summarize for us what you learned about the way harold simmons has used campaign donations to influence politics in the state of texas.
what his aims have been. >> he's given huge sums of money and poured more than $2 million into lobbying. the result has been that he's managed to push this waste dump through. he's cleared all kinds of hurdles. in almost every instance the body that was making the decision had received many of the representatives received money directly from him or appointed by people that received huge sums of money from him. >> mr. simmons has indicated, he doesn't go do a lot of interviews but when he's talked about his politics he's indicated dislike for barack obama. he's called him the most dangerous man in america. >> that is correct. >> is it clear to you from your reporting what he would want from a republican administration in terms of policy? is there any way to extrapolate for what he's expected from his campaign donations in texas to what he wants at the federal level? >> it's clear.
his top priority is pushing through this nuclear dump. the dump is about to open. it will be accepting its first waste in two weeks. now he is turning his attention to expanding the quantity of waste that he can bring into this dump. there's a lot of decisions that will be made on the federal level that will determine just how many billions of dollars he's able to make by operating this dutch. and there's -- they span the gamete. some involve the kind of waste at a low-level site, a low radioactive site that it can accept, and some involve lobbying for contracts. there's a very large waste disposal contract on the table at the department of energy right now. essentially there are many things in the pipeline that could mean billions of dollars to this man. >> during the campaign season, i mentioned this is the year of
zillionaire and we learned a lot about foster freeze. what sort of money, what sort of level of money is harold simmons spending compared to those guys that are now more well-known than he is? >> at this point he's outspent everybody. he's sunk about $18 million into republican super pacs or conservative super pacs. he says he intends to sink another $18 million in before the end of this election cycle. this is a man that has given tons of money to conservative politicians over the years, but what he's saying he's giving this year will outstrip what he's given the rest of his career combined. >> in terms of how he will spend it, as we shift into the general election campaign, most of the money has been through karl rove's dark money super pac. is that how we expect harold simmons to make his mark, he'll
underwrite the whole karl rove operation? >> it's hard to anticipate how he will function. it may be once there's a clear front-runner, he'll give more money to that clear front-runner. he has also given large sums to all of the leading republican candidates. so this is a man, unlike the other leading super pac donors, this man spreads his money around. he's giving to everybody. he appears to be hedging his bets somewhat. >> hedging his bets only on republicans, though. >> only on republicans, yes. he's given very little to democrats over the years. >> there's a stray donation here and there to an anti-environment democrat when he can find one. i was noticing his records today. in terms of the presidential race, you're absolutely right. mariah blake, thank you very much for talking to us tonight. >> thank you for having me. the chairman of the republican party has described the republican party's relationship with women as a war on caterpillars which led us to great the greatest graphic we
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>> that was reins preibus saying that the idea that the republican party is waging war on women is as ridiculous as the idea that they are waging car on caterpillars. see, it's an analogy in which women are caterpillars. when the overall project is to convince women that the republican party has a lot of respect for women, the caterpillar day was not a good day for the republican party. now they are trying again. instead of taking on the women part of the idea of a war on women, instead of going after word number three in war on women, now they are going after word number one. shawn spicer, republican national spokesman, telling reporter that is the use of the word "war" in the phrase "war on women" borders on unpatriotic. given this is the same republican party that accused president obama of waging a car on everything from war on coal to a war on mexico to e yes, a
war on women. it is a little rich they have now decided anybody using the word war in a political context is a traitor. if the republican party chairman is really bad at talking about this, and he is, and if the republican party chief paid talker, their spokesman is really bad at talking about this, and he is, i'm going to go out on a caterpillar leafy limb here and suggest a new republican spokesperson on this issue who is actually very good at talking about it. i'm going to suggest lisa murkowski. it turns out she is really good about talking about the republican war on women. really good. like sit down, pay attention. this is good. >> i think for women around this country, what they were sensing was that after decades of believing that the issue of contraception and women's access to contraception, that we had resolved that decades ago.
now all of a sudden this is not only discussion in congress but you've got presidential wannabes that are talking about whether contraception is good, bad, indifferent, wrong. i think what you're sensing is a fear, a concern that women feel threatened that a long settled issue might not be so settled. when i came back home and made the comments that i made to a reporter about how i regretted the vote on the blunt amendment, it was indirect reflection to where we were, where we are as a nation in women feeling that the party that i've chosen to affiliate myself with, the republican party, is ignoring their concern, is causing them
to feel like the rights that they believe were settled a long time ago are now being threatened, possibly eroded. >> let me ask you this from a strategic and tactical side of thinking, aren't the republicans maybe stepping into a trap? i guess the question i'm trying to ask is what are they thinking alienating so many women? >> i asked the same question to my colleagues. it makes no sense to go down this road. it makes no sense to attack women. if you don't view this as an attack on women, then you need to go home and talk to your wives, talk to your daughters. ask them if they feel this is an attack. because this is how women are perceiving the situation. >> if you don't view this as an attack on women then you need to go home and talk to your wives
and your daughters. republican u.s. senator lisa murkowski gets what the rest of the republican party appears not to get, which is that republicans are not being accused randomly and for no reason of going after women's rights, they are earning that reputation by actually going after women's rights. yeah, women notice that. while he was telling his caterpillar story that it's a fiction that republicans are going against women, democrats and the media are just making that up, while he was doing that his fellow wisconsin republican, scott walker, was signing a bill into law blocking insurance coverage for abortion in wisconsin. also, he was signing a bill removing contraception from the sex ed curriculum in wisconsin and overruling the objections of
the wisconsin medical association. he was signing another bill to interfere with how wisconsin doctors are allowed to counsel their patients about abortion and for good measure, at the same time he was signing a bill into law that eliminates the state's version of the lily ledbetter act. it eliminates equal pay for equal work. scott walker did all of that last night. he signed all of those last night. how can you simultaneously have the republican governor of wisconsin signing all those laws and then have the national party chairman, his buddy from back in wisconsin, on tv saying we're not doing anything to women. democrats keep accusing us of that, but who, me, what? us? here is mitt romney doing exactly the same thing. >> there was the perception that republicans are opposed to contraceptions. i think it was the most unfortunate twist by our democrat friend. i think this will pass as an issue as people understand our real position. i have made it clear, i do not oppose contraception.
>> yeah, right. and you're not waging war on caterpillars either. i understand. mitt romney's real position is he supports a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception, which would not only ban all abortion and make it illegal, it would likely ban the pill. and other forms of hormonal contraception. but i want to be known as supporting contraception. here's the thing, you can be known for supporting contraception or you can want to ban contraception. those two things cannot overlap. it's like saying stop calling me loud. then stop being loud. you can want states to ban contraception. you can block access to contraception. you can try to make abortion illegal. you can roll back equal pay laws. you can take every legislative opportunity to roll back the rights of women, whereupon women
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cities and towns and people of the great state of michigan now live with the possibility that their democratically elected local governments will be removed, will be eliminated by republican governor rick schneider. it will be replaced by an emergency manager. who is in view with absolute authority. it's pretty radical policy. the elimination of voting rights at the local level. the state just taking over regardless of who you voted for. or what you voted for. last night we reported on something even more radical than that going on in michigan politics. republicans in the state legislature there in dozens maybe hundreds of cases including when they passed that radical emergency manager law simply declaring that they had the legally required supermajority to enact those new laws immediately without the long waiting period that's required by the state constitution. they appear to have done that without counting the votes that they would need. that ended up being handy because they almost certainly did not have those votes.
the practice looks and sounds a little like this. >> all those in favor, please rise. immediate effect is ordered. >> that was supposedly a michigan republican legislature counting to 73. no way, right? no way. we realize that our story has set off a bit of a bombshell in michigan politics. this is a bombshell. this is a radical use of power. because this has kind of blown up and is attracting more and more attention. we have gone ahead and posted last night's report along with some additional material, including court filings, on our website today, maddowblog.com. i'm happy to tell you that on monday night, right here, we'll have part two of our special
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three americans were killed in afghanistan. a suicide bomber on a smoke detonated explosives near a park in the northern part of afghanistan. ten afghans were killed. three american soldiers were killed. and the bomber was killed. the taliban claimed credit for the attack. all three americans killed in this incident were from ohio, they were all serving ohio national guards man. last night the local channel, wbns, had this report. watch. >> had all three names now of the men killed by a suicide bomber. they are sergeant first class shawn hannon. sergeant first class jeffrey rick, and captain nick rozanski. we spoke to the rozanski family and are joined now in the newsroom. >> the three central ohio soldiers died yesterday along with ten other people in a suicide attack in northern afghanistan. tonight their loved ones are still absorbing the reality of their loss.
>> we shouldn't forget. we are a nation at war and we forget that because we go on with our day-to-day lives and these just become fading, brief headlines. but no, we were a nation at war, and men are dying on a regular basis over there. people need to remember that. >> we're are a nation at war and people need to remember that. his brother was one of those three ohio soldiers killed this week. we've been at war for almost 11 years now. for 8 1/2 of those years our military was simultaneously fighting another war in iraq as well. it's been expensive and deadly. for the people fighting those wars, who have gone out on two, three, four, five, six, seven combat deployments, it has been all-consuming. for the rest of us, for the 99% of americans who have not been fighting in those wars, we are still trying to figure out as civilians how to acknowledge and appreciate and say thank you to the people that have been doing
the fighting and making the sacrifice and whose lives have been so different than our civilian lives. the iraq war ended in december. here is what it looked like at home, an address from the president and a state dinner to recognize a symbolic portion of the troops that served in iraq. no national moment of recognition that regular americans could participate in to mark the ending of that war. that's not the end of the story. regular americans in cities around the country have wanted to do something that people could participate in, and regular americans coast to coast have started organizing on their own in cities large and small, to have parades to mark the end of the iraq war, to say welcome home to the troops that serve there and thank you. this was the first one in st. louis, missouri. it was an enormous success. 100,000 people showed up on a cold day in january. there was also this ride to
freedom in north carolina. an 8-mile procession. tucson, arizona, was next. it too was judged a big success. later this month if you're in melbourne, florida, you can be part of a welcoming home there. a parade and concert scheduled in melbourne, florida, next saturday, april 14th. tomorrow, tomorrow is going to be the first end of the iraq war parade in a very large american city, houston. that's the fourth largest city in america. tomorrow at 4:00, houston is hosting, the city is not just allowing but is hosting the parade for iraq war veterans and their families. it will end at the minute made stadium where the houston astros play. there will be a ceremony on the field before the astros play that night. the welcome home events were great and seen as successful locally. and those were just individual citizens and local unofficial groups of civilians who worked really hard to organize them. tomorrow's parade in houston
will be the very first iraq war veterans parade organized by the city itself, which means the person in charge of it is an elected official, a person representing every resident of houston. that city's mayor and joying joining us now is denise parker. mayor parker, thank you very much for being here, nice to have you here. >> glad to be on, but now i'm a little intimidated. this is the first parade to be hosted by the city, i find that hard to believe, but we're ready for it. i'm excited about it. >> where did the idea come from that houston should do this and houston should do it in the way that you have decided to do it? >> it came just as it has in all the other cities from our citizens. it bubbled up through veteran groups. i have a coordinator who brought the idea to me. we turned it over to the special
events coordinator and it just took off. citizens have embraced it. we didn't plan to do it in conjunction with the houston astros. they were going to be playing. they stepped up and wanted to treat the returning veterans to baseball game and it has grown from there. >> what kind of support are you expecting, what kind of collaborations have you entered into? obviously, the astros have become part of this, but who has come together to make this happen in houston? >> all the local levels of government. this is not a corporate parade. it's nothing something that we are seeking sponsorships for. we're going to have a parade and invite all of houston to come downtown, line the parade route and say thank you and welcome home. these are our friends and neighbors. these are our brothers and our sisters who have come back from iraq, and we want to show our support. >> one of the issues that has been sort of the only controversy surrounding this
idea is that the pentagon made an argument that there should not be a new york city parade. what they have described as a national event in new york city while we are still waging the war in afghanistan. they have not objected to any other city doing what you're about to do in houston and doing what other cities have done. they said there should not be a national event. did that factor at all in your decision making on this? >> we thought about that. we do not forget that people are fighting and dying in afghanistan. these troops have been deployed over and over again. they are home, we hope they are home for good. we want the opportunity to say thank you now while it's fresh. one of the things we all have to think about is the transition that these military personnel go through as they go back into civilian life. all too many of them get off
track. we want to embrace them. we want to show our support. in addition to the rousing show of support they will get from houstonians, and we know how to support our troops here. there's an opportunity to capture them, connect them to the broader support network of social service agencies and veterans groups that we have down here. it's a duel purpose. >> that's been a key part of so many of these events that have happened around the country, trying to make them substantive so it is not just a thank you and let me give you a hand. >> absolutely. >> houston, you are large city. you have a city that's got a lot of resources. you have a veteran affairs coordinator on staff. do you have advice for other mayors or towns that may be considering this, maybe thinking about doing some sort of well home event for the iraq vets? >> i would just say it has to be about the vets. it has to come through and with
your local veterans groups. we do an annual veterans day parade in november. this is especially to thank our iraqi war vets. we wouldn't have done anything without the full support and cooperation of the dozens of veterans associations that are in the houston area. we're rated as a top ten city by the department of defense for our veteran services, and the city of houston was just honored as the best employer in the state of texas for active duty military personnel. we work closely with our uniform services and with our veteran groups to make sure this is appropriately done. >> houston mayor, annise parker, good luck with the parade tomorrow. everything looks like it's going to be awesome. congratulations. thanks a lot. >> thank you. now, i will say, the pentagon line that it makes
sense to do this in houston and dueson and st. louis and fayetteville and all the other places, it makes sense to do it, but it doesn't make sense to do it in new york, i got to say, it doesn't make any sense to me. the pentagon official we had on this show in the interview to talk about that reasoning with has now announced he's retiring. if it was just his idea, maybe the pentagon could reconsider this. the head of the city council here in new york and some of the other members of the new york city council are pursuing this. they are still interested. in the pentagon changed its mind, i think it would happen here too, just saying. it's friday. you know there's prison ahead for you on msnbc, but before we go to prison, we have the best thing coming up. and it's a really good one. stay with us. so creamy, right dad. ah, but my carrots have that crunch. it's my milk in the rich sauce coating the chicken and the pasta. boys! don't you think stouffer's steam perfect bag
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one of the mysteries surrounding osama bin ladin's life and death, one of the unanswered questions that persists about him, is how was it that the united states most wanted fugitive managed to live in a million-dollar compound in pakistan? 1,000 yards or so from a pakistani military academy. not just any military academy,
but what "the new york times" called pakistan's equivalent of west point. the prospect that he took the trouble of hiding in plain sight while living in pakistan naturally led to speculation about what exactly pakistan knew about him. what pakistani officials knew about bin laden, whether they were as serious as they said they were about arresting him. did they know where osama bin laden was? did they decide not to share that knowledge with the united states? was pakistan protecting him? the aftermath of the u.s. raid that killed bin ladin in pakistan has led to a deep and deepening mistrust between the two countries. and into our murky friendenemy relationship with pakistan confused with competing interests in the national ball of anxiety walk this is guy. the founder of the islamic group. if his name sounds familiar to you it is because this is the group accused of orchestrating
the horrific terror attacks in mumbai to kill 166 people in 2008, including six americans. on monday the state department put a $10 million bounty on him. a $10 million reward for anybody who has information leading to his arrest and conviction. there it is right there on the state department's website. rewards for justice. $10 million for information leading to his arrest or conviction. the united states wants hafiz saeed apprehended stat. this week hafiz saeed responded to the u.s. government's bounty on his head by holding a press conference? >> translator: to be honest, i'm surprised that america doesn't know where i am. these threats, putting money on my head to help my arrest, are for people hiding in mountains and caves and no one knows about them. but with the grace of god i am here in front of you. and tomorrow i will be in lahor
and will release a schedule for the day after tomorrow so america can contact me whenever it wants to. i'd like to ask the u.s. state department why they offer this bounty to other people. why don't they give it to me? i can tell them my whereabouts on a daily basis and be available on my phone in addressing large public rallies daily. >> okay. it is not just that this guy held a press conference two days after the state department did a $10 million bounty on his head, but also the place where he held that press conference. he held that press conference in a place called raulpindi. rawalpindi is where the pakistani military has its headquarters. so osama lynn ladin's house was just outside the debates of pakistan's west pointe. and the guy wanted for the new $10 million bounty on his head is holding press conferences outside the rough equivalent of
pakistan's pentagon. the state department spokesperson vick to ya victoria nuland was asked about the bounty and whether our friends in the pakistani military are onboard with us on this one. >> has there been communication with the pakistani authorities for his arrest? >> the government of pakistan has regularly in our conversations with them pledged its cooperation in the investigations. we fully expect that they will follow through on the commitments. >> they pledged their cooperation on the investigations. we fully expect they will follow through on the commitments. but in the meantime we'll keep putting multi-millions bounties on those people who will hide in plain sight right under the knowses of our dear pakistani allies. that concept of friends with benefits, what's the opposite of that?
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this is the best thing in the world. so hillary clinton gets on a plane, right? this is not your usual bags cost extra, turn off your cell phone plane either because hillary clinton is, of course, america's secretary of state. in this case she's riding in a c-17 military plane that has been kited out just for her. it's like a secretary of state
bat mobile. people can stand up and walk around, they can take highly classified phone calls at cruising altitude, and seriously, the secretary of state needs the room. she's got meetings, capital m meetings in pakistan and afghanistan and libya. she's got reporters along from "time" and "reuters" who get to tell us all about that later. plus she needs room for the giant briefing books so she can read up on all the stuff she needs to read up on. somewhere near tripoli the press photographer took this rather amazing picture of madam secretary and filed it with the editors back home. although this picture is not brand new, this picture was taken last fall, last october. this week this picture became a brand new idea to everybody on the internet machine. when it became a hook for the best new photographic politics mean we have had in a long time. now this is no longer a picture of hillary clinton on a plane. this week it became hillary clinton checking her texts and
saying what you think she wants to say. so, for example, hey, girl, ryan gosselin, hillary clinton, it's madam secretary. i think i left my sunglasses in the desk. sorry, condi. haven't seen them. or this one, it's 3:00 a.m. in the world and something is happening. response from the secretary, on it. this is the facebook guy. friend request spent. response, reject. this is entertaining. this is from a tumbler called texts from hillary clinton. i love this texts from hillary clinton thing. we have a link to it on our blog if you have not seen it. "weekends with alex witt" starts now.